Pacaso | November 15, 2021
Pacaso, the leading real estate platform that helps people buy and co-own a luxury second home, today announced that it has expanded its service to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The company listed its first property in Jackson alongside plans to support the Community Housing Fund and Teton Habitat for Humanity.
"Jackson Hole's majestic beauty coupled with its wide array of year-round outdoor recreational activities has made it a highly desirable location for second home buyers, many of whom are looking to enjoy their newfound remote work flexibility from the mountains. As in many mountain towns, this demand has increased the strain on housing inventory needed by the workforce. Pacaso offers a better way; co-ownership empowers buyers to uplevel their focus toward luxury properties, and away from lower price points."
- Pacaso Co-founder and CEO Austin Allison
For 2022, Pacaso will be supporting the local Community Housing Fund with an upfront donation of $10K and an ongoing donation of $5K for each home Pacaso purchases. The company will also appeal directly to the sellers' agent to match its giving for each home and partner with Fund leaders to encourage others in the real estate community to give. Pacaso will also donate lightly used furniture and home goods from the acquisition of new homes to Teton Habitat for Humanity.
"I am delighted Pacaso has chosen to proactively participate in the Community Housing Fund. Broad-based, sustained participation from the real estate community is critically needed to support our community members facing housing insecurity. I look forward to partnering with Pacaso to grow this fund's impact."
- Devon Viehman, Associate Broker of the Viehman Group.
Pacaso partners with all interested real estate agents and brokerages in markets where it operates. Real estate agents representing buyers who purchase a share of a Pacaso home receive a 3% referral commission in addition to 500 RSUs of Pacaso stock as a referral equity bonus. Agents in Jackson Hole who are interested in working with Pacaso can learn more on the company's website.
Pacaso's first listing in the area is a contemporary five-bedroom home situated atop the ridge of Spring Creek with sweeping views of Sleeping Indian Mountain and the Grand Tetons. The home was designed by Ward Blake architects.
Pacaso® (pronounced like "Picasso") modernizes the decades-old practice of co-ownership by creating a marketplace that makes buying, owning, and selling a luxury second home easy. From curating the best listings in top second home markets to offering integrated financing and sales from as little as ⅛ to as much as ½ ownership; upscale interior design; and professional property management, Pacaso provides owners with all the benefits of owning a second home with less hassle. After purchase, Pacaso manages the home on an ongoing basis and supports a frictionless resale process in partnership with a licensed real estate professional.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Liberty Home Guard | November 29, 2021
America's #1 consumer-rated home warranty provider Liberty Home Guard announced the launch of their Realtor Portal on their website. This state-of-the art interface allows real estate professionals to manage their client base and home warranty policies with ease. Liberty Home Guard is known for its integrity, and since its inception has quickly become a leader in innovating the home service industry.
The Realtor Portal is part of a series of online tools the company has launched to increase efficiency, decrease time, and enhance user experience in managing the home warranty process. The Realtor Portal was specially designed for real estate professionals, allowing them to submit orders for new home warranty policies and proforma invoices online.
Real Estate Professionals can also track and redeem points in exchange for gift cards with the Realtor Rewards Program. Additionally, the portal provides access to exclusive customizable marketing materials to increase their brand visibility and elevate their business. A home warranty in a real estate contract can reduce the number of days a property is on the market by 16% and increase its value.
"We see how much real estate professionals have to manage and true to our nature, we wanted to help simplify things for them. We're proud to announce the release of our Realtor Portal, an industry-leading tool that will allow for efficient ordering and set up of home warranties. We hold our customers and partners in the highest of regards and as such it is incumbent upon us to provide them with resources to best utilize and manage our services. We're thrilled to have them use our Realtor Portal."
- David Moreno, CEO and co-founder of Liberty Home Guard
Liberty Home Guard
Liberty Home Guard is a home warranty provider operating in 46 states. They have been rated the #1 Home Warranty Provider by the U.S. News & World Report and received an A grade from The Better Business Bureau. Liberty Home Guard is committed to revolutionizing the home service industry by providing customers with outstanding service and cutting edge technology to increase ease and efficiency in the home warranty process.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Standard Real Estate Investments | September 21, 2021
Standard Real Estate Investments, LP , a minority-owned real estate private equity firm focused on providing joint venture equity to developers, has formed a strategic investment program with Belay Investment Group, LLC (Belay).
We are proud to be aligned with Belay. They are a thoughtful, experienced team that shares our vision for how commercial investment actions can affect positive social change. Only two percent of professionally managed real estate is managed by minorities or women. This needs to change. Standard is just one part of a broader mobilization across the industry working to make it happen.
- Jerome Nichols, President of Standard
The investment program will leverage Standard's expertise in development to invest joint venture equity in ground-up projects nationwide, across asset types with emerging regional and local experts that have unique access to deal flow.
As part of its investment program with Belay, Standard recently closed on an investment in a 244-unit multifamily development project located at 75 West 18th Street in Downtown Indianapolis, IN. The 2.1-acre site is located within walking distance of the expanding Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. The Developer is Arrow Street Development, an Indianapolis-based, emerging, minority-owned development company led by industry veteran, Rodney Byrnes.
Belay is an investment manager focused on the deployment of institutional capital through strategic partnerships with emerging managers and market sector specialists across a variety of value-add strategies and property types. The firm's strong fiduciary culture and track record are matched only by its commitment to manifesting social and environmental progress through the investments it makes. Current ESG strategies include investments in adaptive re-use of former big box retail space, workforce housing featuring on-site social programming initiatives designed to educate and empower its lower-to-middle class tenant base, and a multifamily debt portfolio curated with an eye towards bolstering the supply of attainable housing, while narrowing the affordability gap in Southern California.
Belay's collaborative culture is a great fit with our long-term plans and will be an asset to our platform. In the end, we will measure our success based on the performance of our investments and the impact we have in helping to increase diversity and inclusion in commercial real estate.
- Robert Jue, Chief Executive Officer of Standard.
About Standard Real Estate Investments
Founded by Robert Jue and Jerome Nichols, Standard Real Estate Investments (Standard) is a minority-owned and controlled real estate private equity firm that manages capital on behalf of institutions and allocates joint venture equity to developers. The firm operates nationally across property sectors and risk profiles with an initial focus on the development of market rate attainable housing while also accelerating positive socio-environmental impact. The leadership team at Standard has invested in assets valued at $7 billion in total.
About Belay Investment Group
Belay Investment Group, LLC is a majority woman-owned Los Angeles-based investment management firm that pursues debt and equity investment opportunities, primarily middle-market infill properties in urban/suburban transit hub markets, on behalf of its institutional investors. Belay implements its investment strategies through long-term relationships with high caliber, local operating partners and sector specialists. The firm has earned a reputation in the industry for supporting the growth and development of operators and emerging managers (including MWBE firms), beyond providing investment capital.